Marisa McCormick, a Junior Chemistry major with minors in Math and Materials Science, is great at making connections. Whether it’s finding career advice in a TV show, or combining passions for cross-country and 3D printing, she is inspired to make connections that are uniquely her own.
Marisa grew up in Prince Frederick after her family moved from Oxon Hill, MD when she was 6. In addition to an early interest in forensic science, she also began her cross-country career as a sophomore at Calvert High. When it came time to head off to college, Marisa knew she didn’t want to go to a big school. To keep her options open, she applied to Towson and toured UMBC, but found the large buildings on campus overwhelming. The modest buildings, beautiful campus, and the waterfront at St. Mary’s attracted her to the college, but it was the open and welcoming people and personal connections she made while visiting that made the biggest impression. Meeting Chemistry faculty member Dr. Kelly Neiles (“I loved her!” says Marisa; Editor’s note: we all love her!) and getting a personal campus tour from the members of the SMCM cross-country team sealed the deal.
For Marisa, math has always been a subject that just “clicked.” In middle school, she got into the crime show NCIS and was inspired by the character Abby Sciuto to learn more about chemistry and forensic science. Now, Marisa is interested in going to grad school for forensics or analytical chemistry. And though Materials Science was originally just a class to fill out her schedule, she found it so interesting that she picked it up as a minor. Inspired by work done through a directed research project with Chemistry faculty member Dr. Troy Townsend, she is looking to combine her interests in forensics and materials science through her SMP. Current ideas include investigating ways to link 3D printing and forensics through 3D printing fingerprints or shoe prints.
One of our newer hires, Marisa began working at Library Circulation during the Fall 2017 semester. When looking for a job, working around her class and cross-country schedules was a top priority and the Library’s late evening hours provided the perfect opportunity. Having already spent a lot of time in the Library studying, researching, and doing group work, she knew she already liked the environment and thought it would be a perfect fit. Her favorite part of the job is shelving; she finds organizing the materials very satisfying and appealing to her analytical side.
If you haven’t picked up the clues by now, Marisa also runs for the SMCM cross-country team and has since her first year here. She enjoys running, even outside of practice, and has always found the team very inviting and great at creating a positive environment. At the request of Chemistry faculty – and cross-country team faculty advisor – Dr. Randy Larsen, Marisa combined her passions to create 3D printed ornaments for the cross-country team this holiday season – “It was cool to show them what I was working on.”
In addition to classes and cross-country, she is a Chemistry department SMACS tutor, which offer students drop in tutoring for chemistry classes once a week. For fun, Marisa enjoys watching Netflix, especially anything funny or crime shows (of course!).